Category Archives: Blog

WHAT WILL IT REALLY COST ME?

The current SA stats for breast cancer reveal that one in thirty-six women has breast cancer. My blog last week spoke about the general costs and overall statistics of cancer, but today I’d like to get a little more specific as to the expected ‘realistic’ impact that breast cancer will have on those who may…
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PLAN FOR THE HIDDEN COSTS OF BREAST CANCER

Last year I shared an article on my blog that spoke to the stark reality of the tragic impact that cancer has had (and continues to have) on almost every family in South Africa. It’s very rare, in fact, to meet someone who hasn’t either had cancer themselves, or has a close family member who…
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END OF THE MONTH SAVING TIPS

It’s never too late to learn something new! With the current pace of change, the human race is being forced to become better adapted to change - and that means that we are constantly learning new things. Whether it’s the software on your phone, the new car, a new job, a new relationship… we’re constantly…
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A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO DREAD DISEASE COVER

One of the reasons that I have my blog and Facebook page is that this industry changes about as regularly as the price of petrol. A financial solution that we relied on five years ago may still apply, but it also may not. There may be better options, better approaches; better products, for your needs.…
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E-CIGGIES… THEY COST MORE

A brief walk through any public space will reveal the presence of a new type of technology. It’s not a new phone or tablet, it’s a cigarette; an e-cigarette. I came across this article in an email that explains why life insurers apply a loading for the use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular,…
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WOMEN NEED TO PRESERVE THEIR FUND BENEFITS

Why do women need to preserve their fund benefits? Deep inside every man is the knowledge that women are stronger, more clever and just all-in-all better than us. Men seldom admit it, but they know it. What’s more is that women live approximately seven years longer than men do, which means that a woman aged…
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THINKING ABOUT VITALITY? NOW’S THE TIME TO CHOOSE!

Whilst I work with a variety of products - every now and then a super-duper deal comes along that I simply have to share on my blog! Discovery Life’s Integration philosophy of incentivising health and wellness management has resulted in powerful outcomes. Engaged clients experience 40% fewer claims than non-Vitality members and lapse rates of…
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HOW DOES YOUR BUDGET SHAPE UP IN SA?

Whilst I always view clients within their unique situation and tailor their financial plans to their needs and goals, part of knowing how to guide them involves an awareness of current trends and the economic landscape. One of these measures is found in the Old Mutual Savings & Investment Monitor that was published in early…
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WHAT KIND OF INVESTOR ARE YOU?

Recently I’ve shared several articles on investments, and then I came across this gem from Discovery! It digs a little deeper into understanding your own, personal, risk profile and how that pertains to your investment choices and behaviour. Remember, this is a snapshot typical behaviour types; before making any investment choices, let’s chat first! Identifying…
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HOW LONG SHOULD I INVEST FOR?

How long is a piece of string? Well, the answer is actually simple: as long as you need it to be. If you have to cut a piece of string, you’ll start with what you need it for. You measure your need and then you cut the string. You don’t work the other way around,…
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LIMBO WITH THE LINGO

Whether you’re casting your line off the end of a pier or buckling your seatbelt, we all deal with risk and return. Somehow, when it comes to emerging markets, nominal vs real, risk-adjustments, multi-asset portfolios, protection strategies and bull vs bear markets we panic amidst an onslaught of lingo that overwhelms us. Basically, when it…
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END-OF THE MONTH SAVING TIPS

Saving money can be as easy as not spending it unwisely. From monitoring the tyre pressure on your car to being aware of local community events, there are heaps of ways to save money! We’ve read up on some more tips this month and have four amazing, stress-releasing (except for the last one…) ideas. 1.…
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GAIN CONTROL OVER YOUR MONEY

There is a myth that Ostriches, when faced with danger, bury their heads in the sand. Although it is not found to be true in nature, many of us tend to behave like this when faced with our monthly budget… Financial behaviourists actually call the avoidance of perceived risky financial situations by pretending they do…
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CHECK YOUR RETIREMENT PLAN TODAY

We’ve written several blogs on planning for retirement and this is yet another to add to the quiver. Why is this so important? Because financial planning and provision for retirement is often relegated to the bottom of the budget and is only seriously considered when it is seriously too late. Current reports tell us that…
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